Before I introduce you to our guest writer though, let me offer some background information about labyrinths. As a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator I have supported hundreds of people in using the labyrinth as a method to engage their inner wisdom.
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I asked today's guest writer, Luella Wagner, to share what engaging inner wisdom means to her and the insights labyrinth walking evoke:
"Inner wisdom is a “knowing” that comes from deep inside; most of the time it is the “still small voice”, but it can be a dream, a thought, or that gut-wrenching feeling telling you that something isn’t right. Basically, it is a person’s intuition. It is one of the most valuable tools that one has at their disposal, yet rarely used. Like any worthwhile endeavor it takes time, effort, and patience to develop. The first step to tapping into your inner wisdom is to sit in silence. That’s it. Sit in silence. You might not get an answer right away, but if you keep on practicing sitting in silence, the answers will eventually come to you. It’s that simple"
What’s in a Labyrinth? Only You Know the Answer.
by Luella Wagner
I had walked the labyrinth for years. I had read about them, studied them, researched them, and taught them, but there was something missing. There is a Native American adage that says, “If you want to understand something, stand under it.” I couldn’t stand under a labyrinth, so I decided to stand on one, by walking it every day until I found the secrets hidden beneath it. There was a labyrinth close by my house and if I missed a day walking it, I resorted to my finger labyrinth that someone had given me a long time ago. I started my quest on December 21, the winter solstice. I purposely did not Google. I wanted to see what would come from within or what would come to me without any effort.
So many times we wish that we could just concentrate on the spiritual and not have to worry about “paying the bills.” I just wanted to walk the labyrinth, pray, and meditate, but I had to substitute teach. The funny thing is, it was there that I found hidden mysteries of the labyrinth. While teaching a class in Ancient Greek civilization, I came across the double-sided ax, the same design that is part of the turns in the labyrinth. I discovered that the double ax was a symbol used by Greek priestesses as part of their ceremonies. I started to see the labyrinth as a source of divine feminine energy. I quickly discovered that the same design also symbolized the butterfly.
I continued to walk the labyrinth. I walked in the sun, in the rain, at night and during the day. My favorite time was nighttime. It was quiet, soothing. The day was over and I could reflect. Again, through my substitute teaching, secrets of the labyrinth were revealed to me. I was in a kindergarten science class. The students were coloring an outline of the brain. As I looked at the brain, I was reminded of the labyrinth. In the center of the brain was the pineal gland, which many believe is the spiritual eye, just like labyrinth’s center is also the point of illumination. I learned that the symbol of the pineal gland was the pine cone. As I was walking to school one day, (yes, I do have that luxury every once in awhile) I found myself walking through a park filled with pine trees. I couldn’t resist. I caved in and did a little research on the pine tree. I discovered that the tree has both male and female pine cones. The male pine cones release their pollen and the wind carries it upward to the female pine cones which open to receive the pollen. The pollen germinates for a year and then the female pine cone falls to the ground and releases the seed. This had great symbolism for the labyrinth. Sitting in the inner circle, like the pine cone, we receive, and then as we leave the inner circle, we release what we have learned to others. This is the illumination of the labyrinth.
I continue my journey into the labyrinth and I continue to find insights and I look forward to sharing them with you after the next solstice. But don’t wait for me. Your personal mysteries of the labyrinth are waiting to be discovered.